I explained each of these Bounce Curl gel tips in my review below. Leave a comment if you have any questions 🙂
- For best results use it with Bounce Curl Family of products only.
- For stronger hold use it again at 80% dry hair.
- Detox or clarify hair before using this gel.
- Try this for quick 123 Refreshes!
- Apply it on soaking wet hair.
- Avoid on postpartum hair.
- Try as one and done!
Bounce Curl Social Media Popularity Scale
Some popular products are out of budget but you would still buy them without batting an eye because your favorite curly girls have endorsed them. Right? Right. I didn’t find that with Bounce Curl back in 2017. Sure they are popular now, but at the time they just launched there were a lot of mixed messages. For my reseacrh on this brand I looked up many online curly hair communities. I found lots of dirt, but I also saw how gracious the Bounce Curl reps were when they answered each issue with supportive and constructive comments. That gave me a perspective, and a new respect for this brand. A bias? I can’t say.
What’s inside the Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel
NO Silicones, Parabens, Sulfates, PEG’s, DEA/MEA, Propylene Glycol/ Butylene Glycol, Phthalates, Animal Testing & JUNK. Color Safe & Vegan. The formula was updated in 2019 & again in 2023.
- The creme gel is 80 percent gel and 20 percent cream.
- Key ingredients Panax ginseng root extract, aloe, and black seed oil.
- Adds shine to all hair types.
- Ideal for fine hair textures.
- Works in humidity.
- Safe for kids!
- The Bounce Curl light creme gel causes flash drying*.
- Works best in isolation – not random cocktails.
- High protein, not the best for dry brittle hair.
- Aloe-sensitive hair may find this drying
- This gel gives a soft hold.
- Strong fragrance.
- Price: $24 plus shipping.
*The Flash-Drying-Effect not only removes the surface moisture but also removes water that is bound to the hair, which is called water of hydration. The effect of this flash drying is that the cuticles become dry, rigid and brittle and you can feel that immediately too.
Don’t use it when experiencing protein overload. This gel has multiple proteins making it a protein-rich gel. Too much protein makes hair brittle. To avoid protein overload don’t use it especially after protein treatments or DIYs Rice Water Rinse or Gelatin Treatments. (Unless you know its working for you!)
Product Junkies Alert
Here are some tried combinations that really work with Bounce Curl Gel. Since the product is organic, the ingredients may react or repel other products in your cleansing or styling cocktail. So, first, test the product mixed with your other gel or curl cream to see if it mixes with no residue. Sometimes you may not see any curdling in your palms but the flash drying we talked about earlier? Yes, that can be extreme if this gel reacts with residue from another brand in your hair. If this happens, stop drop and detox your hair to remove all products. You could even sneak in a little ACV rinse mid-week to ensure there is no buildup from the previous residue prior to using your new Bounce Curl products.
How I use Bounce Curl Gel
I took a cue from this curly beauty Katscurls and apply the gel both on soaking wet hair and also AFTER diffusing at about 80% dry. We both have very similar textures so this gives me stronger hold this way. Watch her video here. The directions on the company website tell you to apply this product on wet hair. I missed that directive at first. The results weren’t satisfactory until I used the gel on soaking wet hair! The brand encourages you to apply leave-ins and curl creams to thick or dry curly hair and then use the gel. For best results use this with their family of products.
Is it worth the hype? YES! When I first started my journey, this gel defined my curls so much better and faster than anything I had tried! The Bounce Curl Light Creme gel gets my hair soft and bouncy, saturated with essential vitamins and minerals. THEN IT STOPPED WORKING. In hindsight, the protein in this gel helped heal my years of neglect so I could see the difference almost immediately. It stopped working after I started using other brands. And/or perhaps my hair didn’t need as much protein when it got healthier. If your hair isn’t damaged or doesn’t need this level of protein, then you might feel differently. My strongest recommendation would be to use Bounce Curl only with the whole line for the best results. If you are someone who loves experimenting with other products and trending brands then this may not be the ideal product for you.
Honestly? Since this was the first brand that worked for me when I started I feel this special bond with it. The scent comforts me on my bad days, and even though it may not give me the desired results every time, I use it from time to time just for that comfort. This gel also works with the 123 gel method if you ever wanted stronger hold in the summertime or just want to use up this gel somehow. I would typically use it first and end with a glycerine-free gel.
Recently I caved and purchased their Leave-in and Clump cream to try. The cream and gel worked fabulously the first time but I have never got these results again. I found the Leave-in too moisturizing, so I recommend using it like a deep conditioner if your have fine hair. Just can’t get the cream to work for me BUT this could be because I am testing other brands! If Bounce Curl was the only brand I used then these products will complement each other better, on my hair.
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